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07 December 2017 - #MeToo Movement Named 'Person of the Year'

Publié par Marion Coste le 07/12/2017

Person of the Year 2017: The Silence Breakers
(Time Magazine,06/12/2017)

Movie stars are supposedly nothing like you and me. They're svelte, glamorous, self-­possessed. They wear dresses we can't afford and live in houses we can only dream of. Yet it turns out that—in the most painful and personal ways—movie stars are more like you and me than we ever knew.

In 1997, just before Ashley Judd's career took off, she was invited to a meeting with Harvey Weinstein, head of the starmaking studio Miramax, at a Beverly Hills hotel. Astounded and offended by Weinstein's attempt to coerce her into bed, Judd managed to escape. But instead of keeping quiet about the kind of encounter that could easily shame a woman into silence, she began spreading the word.

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Silence Breakers
‘The Silence Breakers’ Named Time’s Person of the Year for 2017
Jonah Engel Bomwich (The New York Times, 06/12/2017)
First it was a story. Then a moment. Now, two months after women began to come forward in droves to accuse powerful men of sexual harassment and assault, it is a movement.

Time magazine has named “the silence breakers” its person of the year for 2017, referring to those women, and the global conversation they have started.

The magazine’s editor in chief, Edward Felsenthal, said in an interview on the “Today” show on Wednesday that the #MeToo movement represented the “fastest-moving social change we’ve seen in decades, and it began with individual acts of courage by women and some men too.”

Person of the Year
#MeToo? In 80 years, no American woman has won Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ by herself
Philip Bump  (The Washington Post, 06/12/2017)
No American woman has won Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” by herself in more than eight decades. Over the course of the 91 years that the magazine has proffered the title, in fact, only one has done so: Wallis Simpson, who earned the title in 1936 thanks to her relationship with King Edward VIII, a relationship which eventually led to his giving up his throne.

The next time an American woman was named “Person of the Year” (or, at that time, “Man of the Year”) to the exclusion of any man was in 1975, when the winner of the title was … “American Women.” (Before that, American women were included in the winning group twice, first when “The Inheritor” won in 1966 — apparently a reference to baby boomers — and then in 1969 when “Middle Americans” did.)

On Wednesday, the magazine announced its 2017 winner, as you’ve probably heard: “The Silence Breakers,” a reference to the women (and a few men) who spoke out about sexual harassment, precipitating a remarkable moment of public accountability for people — almost all men — in positions of power in the country.

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Time magazine has sided with women over the misogynist-in-chief
Jane Merrick (CNN, 06/12/2017)
A little over a year ago, despite a swirl of sexual assault allegations against him and a track record of misogyny, Donald Trump beat the woman many hoped would make it to the White House -- not only to the presidency, but to the title of Time magazine's Person of the Year. This year, it is the President who has to get in line.

The choice by Time of the "Silence Breakers" -- the women and men who have spoken out about their experiences of rape, sexual assault and harassment -- as Person of the Year 2017 is not just a recognition of the jolt to society the #MeToo movement has caused. It is a perfect counter-blast to Trump's record on women.

In 2016, Time placed Hillary Clinton as runner up to Trump. In 2017, the president -- whose obsession with winning is planetary -- is second in line after the Silence Breakers.

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